Curriculum Maps and Resources
The Wyoming Department of Education updates the Wyoming Content and Performance Standards every 9 years. This gives districts time for to revise their curriculum maps to align with the state standards as well as align resources to the maps. Districts are then able to use the curriculum maps and resources in classrooms. This cycle repeats to keep maps and resources current and teachers using them to help students achieve the standards.
Curriculum Map Description
SCSD#1 curriculum maps are based on Wyoming Content and Performance Standards. The process of curriculum mapping follows a cycle of teacher questionnaires, teacher feedback and revisions by the SAC to produce a clear and comprehensive curriculum map teachers will use as a guide to classroom instruction.
Maps currently being revised will be in Draft form or In Progress. Completed maps will be in their Final form. Each subject area map contains a purpose statement, benchmarks, explanations, and standard references. An annotated page in each curriculum map explains each part of the map.
Science and Career & Technical Education will start the curriculum mapping process this year. Social Studies curriculum maps are currently in Draft form and will be continuing with the feedback/revision cycle. English Language Arts, Fine Arts, and Performing Arts are In Progress, meaning they are making final revisions after receiving feedback from teachers. Mathematics, Informational Literacy, Health/PE, and Foreign Language are in their Final completed form.
Wyoming Content and Performance Standards
The Wyoming Content and Performance Standards serve several purposes. They articulate the set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do, enabling them to be prepared for college and career success, to live a life that contributes to the global community. These expectations are communicated to students, parents, educators and all other Wyoming stakeholders, and provide a common understanding among educators as to what students should learn at particular grade levels.
For information on specific standards, appendices, domains and clusters, and performance level descriptors see the WDE Content and Performance Standards webpage.
K-12 Curriculum Maps
K-5 English Language Arts
ReadyGEN was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to be used to teach ELA curriculum in grades K-5.
ReadyGEN is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for all students using authentic text to support English Language Arts/English Learner instruction. Overall progression of text complexity within and across grades facilitates students’ learning of academic vocabulary, close reading, foundational skills, and further deepens content knowledge and comprehension.
ReadyGEN is structured as both an online and print resource. The online component includes all student and teacher materials, assessments, and flexible class data management tools. Online digital access to every text will engage students, maximizing their learning experiences in reading, writing, and language development. By selecting a print/online core resource K-5, students within the district will have access to an aligned resources for multiple years.
6-12 English Language Arts
SpringBoard was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to teach ELA in grades 6-12.
SpringBoard is built on the foundational principles of embedded assessments that are back-mapped from advanced placement courses and college/career readiness. SpringBoard uses compelling themes and multiple genres of text including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, as well as multiple modes to develop essential thinking skills preparing students for high school and beyond. Students will analyze text, collect evidence, think critically as well as cultivate real-world writing skills. SpringBoard tracks student learning while fostering strong study habits and cultivating indispensable organizational skills.
SpringBoard is structured as both an online and print resource that can be used to differentiate class assignments based on Lexile levels and/or student needs. Included in the resource is free access to ZINC, which is a database of informational text that is engaging, applicable, current, and is aligned to both themes and texts cultivating 21st Century Skills.
7-12 Foreign Language
SCSD#1 adopted Avancemos (Spanish) and Bien Dit (French) as the primary resource to teach the Spanish and French curriculum for grades 7-12.
Both programs use a thematic approach to present the material from novice to intermediate-advanced proficiency levels. The materials are research-based with ample authentic cultural relevance to the target languages.
Avancemos and Bien Dit are structured as both online and print resources. The online component includes all student and teacher materials, assessments, and flexible class data management tools. Online digital access to every text will engage students, maximizing their learning experiences in reading, writing, and language development.
Eureka Math was adopted by the district in the spring of 2016 as the primary resource to be used to teach Mathematics curriculum in grades K-8.
Eureka connects math to the real world in ways that build student confidence and help students achieve true understanding. The writers of Eureka Math took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from Pre-K through Grade 12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students have already learned and ensures students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math. Eureka Math differs from other texts in that, rather than being an update to existing material, it was designed specifically for the common core.
Eureka Math is structured as both an online and print resource. The online resources provides an interactive digital version of the Pre-K-12 curriculum.
Visit the Eureka Math Parent webpage for tips and info.
Big Ideas Math was adopted by the district in the spring of 2016 as the primary resource to teach Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.
- Big Ideas Math encourages a deeper understanding of mathematics by narrowing the student's focus and providing inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging explorations, concise stepped-out examples, and rich thought-provoking exercises.
- Multiple pathways and delivery methods ensure universal access for all learners. Dynamic Technology supports and enhances this resource. Students are exposed to high motivation and relevant problems at the level of depth and rigor they need through any of the multiple pathways for high school mathematics.
PreCalculus with Limits was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to teacher PreCalculus.
- PreCalculus with Limits includes sound explanations and exercises along with a brief review of algebra and geometry. Real-world applications, ongoing review, and innovative technology support give students more learning solutions.
- This is an online and print resource.
Algebra and Trigonometry was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource for Algebra III and Trigonometry.
- This resource offers explanations and exercises, real-world applications, and innovative technology giving students more learning solutions.
- This is an online and print resource.
Health & Physical Education
Health-Students learn how to identify, access, and evaluate age appropriate health information, products, and resources; apply, analyze and evaluate problem solving and decision-making skills to enhance personal health and reduce health risks. Students learn effective communication skills and personal/social responsibilities to enhance health and reduce health risks. Technology is used, allowing for the use of updated content, which will support the development of health skills.
Physical Education-Students learn and apply age appropriate movement skills related to the five health related components of fitness while participating in a variety of dual, team, and lifetime activities to enhance physical fitness levels and promote self-expression and enjoyment. Technology is used during activities so students will understand how to perform exercise to benefit their own personal fitness levels.
The Nystrom series for grades K-4 and the MacMillan McGraw-Hill series for grades 5-6 are the current resources in use throughout the district. In addition to these resources, third grade also uses a community booklet and fourth grade uses a state history book, Wyoming Crossroads of a Continent. Grades 7-12 are using textbooks from Gelncoe, MacMillan. Current events subscriptions are also used throughout the district.
After reviewing possible K-6 resources through several lenses including: alignment to the new curriculum maps, usability, assessments, supplementary resources, and fiscal responsibility, GAMEPLAN, as well as the First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege were the resources chosen. These are rigorous programs designed to support all learners.
At the secondary level, resources vary across the 7-12 grade band in scope and sequence in relation to Wyoming Content and Performance Standards.
After completing, verifying alignment, and validating the curriculum maps it was agreed that Fine Arts should remain a production class meaning students will spend the majority of their class time creating their own art. This decision is data driven, as the effects of engagement with the arts is well-studied with the benefits being:
- The arts improve academic achievement—enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking
- People who experience sustained involvement in the arts are overwhelmingly more likely as adults to found successful companies, publish important articles, and patent new inventions
- Arts participation—in school or in the workplace—strengthens creativity, the fuel that drives innovation
- U.S. employers rate creativity and innovation among the top skills sought after and this need will only increase in importance in the coming years
Career & Tech Ed
The members of the CTE department are currently in the process of updating the curriculum maps to meet the needs of the students. Teachers are working to put in place goals that are measurable and realistic and with an end to increase the skills of the students, thus to prepare them for 21st Century careers.
Throughout the process, teachers designated a CTE subject mission and together they wrote a mission statement and identified goals for the CTE department and each course within the program. The teachers developed purpose statements to match these goals and to correspond with the mission statement. Throughout the remainder of this year and next, we will continue to write curriculum maps for all courses in the CTE program.
K-8 Social Skills
The Stop and Think Social Skills Program contains role playing and group activities. This nationally recognized program addresses four developmental levels and helps students learn interpersonal, survival, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills. Along with teachers and staff using Stop and Think in grades k-8, elementary school counselors in SCSD#1 use an adopted program called Second Step as their resource to teach all children in grades k-5 social and emotional learning.
“With age-appropriate lessons, the Second Step Program for K—5 features catchy songs, fun games, and other engaging activities that develop social-emotional skills. Children learn how to make friends, manage their emotions, solve problems, and deal with peer pressure.”
Career & College Awareness Grades 9-12
Students in grades nine through twelve are scheduled in a Career and College Readiness (CCR) class. Students learn social skills ranging from college and test prep (time management, how to read questions, interrupting charts and organizing written responses), soft skills and interviewing (physical appearance, body language, applying for jobs, self-efficacy, communication and listening skills), organizing and social interactions (cyber safety/ digital citizenship, prioritizing tasks, conflict resolution and study skills), and future planning and goal setting (budget, career opportunities, long and short term goals, financial planning).